I thought Americans were getting used to fewer episodes of things given the rise of The Walking Dead/Game of Thrones/ American Horror Story et al?
At the end of the day all I care about is that Who keeps being made, and whether that's 8 or 13 episodes I'll enjoy what there is.
You could be correct about that. Perhaps it's the erraticness of it. I just know that I've heard grumblings over here.
And, I do agree, 8 episodes is far better than none!
I just wish the BBC was more straightforward with what their intentions are. I don't watch those U.S. shows with shorter runs that you mention but I don't think they have the erraticness in their scheduling?